Friday, June 24, 2011

Cherry Balls

On the agenda for this afternoon was going to to Ritz with Sean to see X-Men: First Class. To me, going to the movies is automatically associated with snack foods (most often snuck in to the theater via large purse). I decided to scour all of my recipe sources for a Paleo snack food which:
a) could easily come to the movies with me
and b) I already had most of the ingredients for because I didn't feel like making a big shopping trip.

I found what I was looking for in Recipes for the 21st Century Hunter Gatherer by Nikki Young when I stumbled upon this recipe for Cherry Balls. The only thing I had to go buy were the cherries!

- 20 fresh cherries, de-pipped and chopped (chopping those little cherries was most definitely the worst part of this recipe)
- 2 tbs honey
- 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
- 1 cup shredded coconut
- 3 tbs almond butter

1) Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
2) In a bowl, mix ingredients together. Shape mixture into balls and place onto a baking tray. I lined mine with tin foil, but wax paper probably would have worked better.
3) Bake in the oven for 5-10 minutes or until cherry balls are lightly browned. The balls will still be quite soft at this stage.
4) Place cherry balls in the fridge until cooled before serving.
The verdict: moist, sweet, and yummy!  I would definitely make these again. Off to the movies with cherry balls in hand... or purse.


Melissa said...

Great idea!! Half the battle of sticking with an eating plan/ lifestyle change is being prepared!! Way to go squared...those look delicious :)

ronnib said...

OK, now just leave out the coconut and replace it with chocolate chips. Now that's a snack!

Kate said...

Thanks Melissa!

Aunt Ronni - I'll be adding some cocoa powder to the next batch :)

Kelly said...

Wow...cherry balls! Who would have thought? :-)